New Student Orientation

Vulcan Orientation

UH Hilo's New Student Orientation - group photograph of incoming class

Orientation is filled with fun activities, events, and workshops all designed to Create Connections with other new students, with our amazing UH Hilo faculty, and with numerous campus resources and the awesome staff that run them. We will also have workshops which will help to set you up to be Academically Successful here at UH Hilo, and of course there will be lots and lots of Vulcan spirit as we welcome you into our university ʻohana (family).

Fall 2019 Vulcan Orientation - August 21 - August 24, 2019:

Aloha to our new Vulcans joining our ʻohana for Fall 2019 - look for more information coming your way shortly! Registration opens on April 1 and closes online on August 1, 2019. Online Registration has closed. We'll have on-site sign ups on Tuesday August 20 from 11am - 2pm in the Campus Center Plaza and Wednesday August 21 from 9am - 11am in the Campus Center Plaza

Orientation is open to all class standings, new, and transfer students. There's a little bit of everything for everyone. Click here to view our 2019 Orientation Schedule

We are still in the planning stages... more information will be sent out throughout the summer to keep you excited and updated.

Tentative Schedule of Fall 2019 Schedule

Tues, Aug. 20

  • Residence Halls Open @9am
  • Airport Shuttles
  • Orientation Check-in
  • Get your ID

Wed, Aug. 21

  • International Student Welcome
  • Orientation Check-In
  • Get your ID
  • Take a Campus Tour
  • Majors Fair
  • Class Photo
  • Convocation
  • Resource Fair
  • Placement Exams
  • Evening of Aloha
    (Sold Out)

Thurs, Aug. 22

  • Speed Mixer
  • Placement Exams
  • ʻIke Session 1
  • ʻIke Session 1
  • Lunch
  • ʻIke Session 3
  • Involvement Fair
  • Back to College @ Hilo Target

Fri, Aug. 23

  • Community Service / Hilo Van Tour
  • ʻIke Session 4
  • Peer Mentor Welcome
  • Faculty Advisors on Duty
  • Presentations

Sat, Aug. 24

  • Pool Party!

Orientation is not mandatory but strongly encouraged.


We are excited to perpetuate a tradition of making hundreds of lei laʻi for our incoming Fall cohort.

View our social media newsletter by Orientation Alum Alex Huizar: #UHHiloin100Days (PDF)

You may want to review Frequently Asked Questions asked by new students about Orientation.

Getting here…

When should I arrive?

If you are living on campus in the Residence Halls please take time to review the following important dates and rate information.

We will have free shuttles from the Hilo International Airport to campus available. The Airport Shuttle registration will open up shortly or you'll have an option to sign up during the registration page!

Travel Arrangements

As you are making your travel arrangements, be sure to check out our Travel Info page. You could be eligible for a discounted flight.

Airport Shuttle to campus

Looking ahead to Spring Vulcan Orientation, we will have shuttles available to pick you up from the airport and bring you to campus. This service is free and is a way for us to welcome you to Hilo and into our ʻohana.

What others have said

We always like to assess the programs that we offer so that we can continue to improve the way in which we support the success of our students. Here are a couple of things our students told us last year about their Orientation experience:

  • 97% said “Orientation helped me feel welcomed to UH Hilo
  • 93% said “Through Orientation I learned about resources and offices on campus
  • 99% said “Orientation helped me feel better prepared to start my first semester at UH Hilo
  • 92% said “I would recommend this orientation program to other new students

One student said:

"I am a non-traditional transfer student and, even though I am not freshman age or a new student, I really got a lot out of attending orientation. I didn't feel singled out because of my age or where I'm from. In fact, I felt right at home because of the incredible diversity in age and ethnicity on campus. I'm glad I am attending UH Hilo and I would highly recommend attending it to my friends and family."

Another student said:

"It was very helpful in my transition into college, I recommend this program to new upcoming freshmen."


View the complete Fall 2013 New Student Orientation Assessment Report